Humor and Honesty

If you missed the kerfuffle with Jerry Seinfeld, you’ve missed an honest assessment of the current political environment:

Above all, he [Seinfeld] understands that the most essential element in his kind of comedy is precisely the one under such sustained attack today: honesty. It was key to the observational humor with which he established himself in the clubs and on late-night TV, and it drove his iconic show. No one on Seinfeld was especially nice or generous of spirit; corner-cutting and pettiness ran rampant. Yet the show’s characters, true to themselves even when (make that especially when) their behavior didn’t reflect well on themselves, inspired such affection because they were so recognizable, especially to the millions of young urbanities who formed its core audience.

Source: No Jokes for You by Harry Stein, City Journal

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